What smartphone brands do when their upcoming flagship phone has leaked on the internet months before launch.
If it was Samsung, they wouldn’t care. If it was Google, they would be showing everything officially via puff blog posts and in retail stores too. As for OnePlus, they think that advancing the launch date is a good strategy. The CEO, Pete Lau has announced that the OnePlus 10 Pro will launch in January.
Pete Lau took to Weibo and only mentioned the OnePlus 10 Pro will debut in January. However, it’s very likely that the vanilla OnePlus 10, which has also been leaked extensively, will come out as well. The company’s last two “Pro” flagships have made their debuts in March-April instead, so it’s interesting to see that OnePlus reveals its next flagship about two months earlier than usual.
It’s unclear if the leak is to blame for this hasty release or if it’s the fact that the fellow Chinese brand is ready to steal all the profits by launching Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 flagships ahead of OnePlus. Regardless of the reason, the OnePlus 10 Pro is one of the highly anticipated smartphones, especially after the OnePlus 9 Pro’s solid package. While the rumored internal upgrade is not too flashy.
Fresh Design, and Competent Specifications
The leaked renders show a virtually unchanged front view with the curvy look and perforated aesthetic of the previous one. It’s a 6.7-inch OLED panel with 2K resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, according to the leak. On the back, there is a very large camera that appears to circle the left edge. OnePlus seems to have taken some inspiration from the Samsung Galaxy S21, but expanded on the camera section while also giving it a glossy finish.
Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip will run the phone, nestled alongside a healthy 12 gigs of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The camera hardware on the back is said to include a 48-megapixel main camera, located alongside a 50-megapixel one for ultrawide photography, plus an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with a 3x optical zoom range.
As for the front camera for selfies and video calls, there is a 32-megapixel camera. Charging specs appear to have been upgraded, as rumors suggest support for 80-watt fast charging via a USB-C cable, while wireless charging also impresses at 50W peak output.